Turn Heywire ideas into reality, urges Senator

Funding to transform award-winning ideas into pilot projects that will make a positive impact on the lives of young Australians in regional and remote communities is now up for grabs.

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging community groups across the north to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to turn one of the ideas presented at the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit earlier this year in Canberra into reality.

Senator Macdonald, who is one of Heywire's biggest fans, said every year, the Heywire Regional Youth Summit brings around 44 young people from rural, regional and remote communities together in Canberra to discuss ideas about how to improve the lives of young Australians.

"At the end of the summit, the top projects are revealed, and thanks to grant funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), community groups can apply to run their own pilot program," Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said this year, the eight projects included an educational program around ice addiction, multicultural cooking workshops, and a program to encourage young people to gain valuable new skills through volunteering.

"As a Queensland Senator based in the north of the state, I can't speak highly enough of the great impact that Heywire, through its Youth Summit, is having on rural and regional youth across the country."

"The summit is an opportunity for them to not only share their stories and concerns, but to come up with innovative solutions to addressing some of these challenges," Senator Macdonald said.

"I've met a number of inspiring young people through Heywire, who have used their innovation and personal circumstances to encourage others to step outside their comfort zone, and help themselves, and I would love to see others in communities across the north benefit as part of the grants program.”

Grant applications and more information can be found at abc.net.au/haywire. Applications close 5.00pm Wednesday 1 June, 2016. 

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